By Matt Farr
Everton had a sensational approach for Manchester United and England ace Wayne Rooney rejected last month, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the Toffees made an approach to sign the reportedly unsettled 31-year-old during the January transfer window, but they failed in their attempt.
The future of the England captain has become increasingly uncertain in recent weeks, with the Premier League veteran seemingly falling out-of-favour under Jose Mourinho this season.
The proven Premier League performer, who cemented his place in Old Trafford history last month by becoming the club’s all-time top-goalscorer, could be set to quit the club at the end of the season.
He has made 29 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United this term, but has been granted just 18 starts, while he has yet to complete the full 90 minutes of a league match since September.
Rooney has been linked with a mega-money move to the Chinese Super League, reportedly worth £35million-per-year, but Everton have long been interested in bringing the former Goodison Park star back to Merseyside, and are likely to rival the interest from the Far East.
He rose to prominence in the top-flight with the Toffees over a decade ago, making his professional debut for the club at the age of 16.
The Mail also claim that Rooney has accepted that it is time for him to leave Manchester United, and his history with Everton make a return to the club a likely prospect.
Rooney has 18 months left to run on his current contract, but given his current situation, it would be a surprise if he sees out his deal.
Football Insider verdict
Irregular first-team action, increasing interest and the cut-throat nature of Jose Mourinho. All the signs point towards the exit door for Rooney this summer, and the end of an era. The talk of a lucrative move to China or the MLS is a strong possibility, due to the financial capabilities of the interested clubs; but a return to Everton should not be ruled out. Should Rooney chose to remain in the Premier League when he quits Manchester United, Everton will be the only realistic option. He just wouldn’t fit anywhere else. His signing would be a fantastic statement of intent by Ronald Koeman and the club, but they must first negotiate the finances of the deal. His demands would be a huge increase upon their current wage structure, but last year’s billionaire investment offers the necessary hope that a deal could be done.
In other Everton transfer news, the club also look set to beat two giants to the signing of this £20million-rated PL ace.